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Next Tasmanian state election

Next Tasmanian state election

Before 26 May 2018

All 25 seats in the House of Assembly
13 seats needed for a majority
 
Leader Will Hodgman Bryan Green Cassy O'Connor
Party Liberal Labor Greens
Leader since 30 March 2006 31 March 2014 12 June 2015
Leader's seat Franklin Braddon Denison
Last election 15 seats 7 seats 3 seats
Seats needed Steady Increase6 Increase10
2014 vote 51.2% 27.4% 13.8%

Incumbent Premier

Will Hodgman
Liberal

The next Tasmanian state election is scheduled to be held in or before 2018 to elect all 25 members to the House of Assembly. The first-term Liberal government, currently led by Premier of Tasmania Will Hodgman, will attempt to win a second term. The Labor opposition is led by Bryan Green, while the Greens, who lost their official parliamentary party status at the 2014 election, were led by Kim Booth, who resigned from Parliament in May 2015.

The House of Assembly uses the proportional Hare-Clark system to elect 25 members in five constituencies electing five members each. Upper house elections in the 15-seat single-member district Legislative Council use full-preferential voting, with election dates staggered and conducted separately from lower house state elections. The election will be conducted by the Tasmanian Electoral Commission.

Date

Under section 23 of the Constitution Act 1934, the House of Assembly expires four years from the return of the writs for its election, in this case 29 March 2014.[1] The Governor must issue writs of election between five and ten days thereafter.[2] Nominations must close on a date seven to 21 days after the issuance of the writ,[3] and polling day must be a Saturday between 15 and 30 days after nominations close,[4] meaning that the polling day will take place no later than Saturday 26 May 2018.

Background

The results of the previous election saw landslide victory for the Liberal Party led by Will Hodgman, defeating the incumbent Labor government led by Lara Giddings, governing with the support of the Greens. The election saw the Labor party reduced to seven seats and the Greens losing their parliamentary party status.

Polling

Polling is regularly conducted for Tasmanian state politics by Enterprise Marketing and Research Services (EMRS). Unlike other pollsters, EMRS don't "prompt" their respondents for an answer on the first request, contributing to the large "undecided" percentage. The sample size for each poll is 1,000 Tasmanian voters.[5]

External links

  • EMRS Tasmanian state polling

References

  1. ^
  2. ^ Electoral Act 2004, section 63.
  3. ^ Electoral Act 2004, section 69.
  4. ^ Electoral Act 2004, section 70.
  5. ^ [1], EMRS, November 2013.
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